Deciding that the prisoners, particularly the British,
had too many personal belongings, they ordered them to box the possessions up
in three-cubic-foot Red Cross wooden crates, then carry them up to a
third-floor storeroom at the castle's south end. The next day, a guard noticed
a rope of bedsheets tied together hanging out the storeroom window. In the
room, guards found one of the crates opened, with a note scribbled on top: "I
don't like the air in Colditz. Auf wiedersehen. Ex-PW Flying Officer
Bruce." The diminutive Englishman Dominic Bruce was caught a week later.